Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

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Meet the Animal Residents of UofR!
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A Year in Free Plants
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5 Mistakes to Avoid as a First-Year Student
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3 Tips to Make the Most of Your First Semester 
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Tips for Choosing a College
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What’s It Like to Be Vegan at UR?
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Humanities Mythbusters: Misconceptions About Rochester Humanities Studies
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Three Reasons Why You Should Live Off-Campus
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The Great Outdoors
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Interview with an International Student (Part 1: How I got here)

Meet the Animal Residents of UofR!

Groundbois Groundhogs (aka “groundbois”) are a fan favorite and unofficial mascot of Rochester. Although they hibernate for much of the time that students are on campus, they are beloved. I still get excited every time I see one and it’s been 4 years. The groundboi is a quintessential symbol here, depicted on class council logos[…]

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A Year in Free Plants

There were a lot of plant giveaways this year, and you can bet I went to each and every one of them. Shoutout to Wilson Commons Student Activities for being the source of most of my new plant friends. Join me for a journey through my 2020-2021 academic year — with plants! Lucy the Lucky[…]

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5 Mistakes to Avoid as a First-Year Student

Here at the University, our motto “Meliora” speaks to our mission of each person striving to become ever better. Taking inspiration from that mindset, I’ll readily admit I’ve made countless mistakes in college. While I try not to dwell on them with regret, there are definitely ways I could’ve done things better! Since many incoming[…]

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3 Tips to Make the Most of Your First Semester 

Nervous about your first semester? Wondering what are the best ways to come out of your first semester on top? From a fellow student nearly done with my second semester of college, I’ve got the tips and tricks for making the most of your first semester at the UR! 1.  Prepare for classes early   The[…]

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Tips for Choosing a College

Congratulations, you’ve been accepted to the University of Rochester! This is a very exciting accomplishment. If you’ve also been accepted to other colleges, you may be having a hard time deciding where to go. There are a lot of considerations before you put down a tuition deposit! To help you out, I’ve compiled a short[…]

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What’s It Like to Be Vegan at UR?

There are a lot of considerations that go into deciding which college to attend, and dietary restrictions can be one of them. If you’re vegan and don’t want to give up that lifestyle (or starve), UR can work! A Day in the Life I’ve been vegan for a couple of years now, during which I[…]

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Humanities Mythbusters: Misconceptions About Rochester Humanities Studies

I might be a little biased as a French major, but I think all the cool opportunities in the Humanities at Rochester deserve a little more buzz. So I tasked myself with unpacking some common assumptions—and misconceptions—about being a humanities major here. Rochester is a “STEM school.” False! I was certainly guilty of believing this[…]

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Three Reasons Why You Should Live Off-Campus

One thing that gets students interested in moving away for college is the chance to live on their own. Read this post to find out three reasons why you should actually live off-campus.   Getting your money’s worth This point will be especially important for students who are interested in saving money. For 2021-2022, the[…]

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The Great Outdoors

Hello friends! As we pass the one year mark of the Coronavirus shutting down the University of Rochester, there are several light pinpricks beginning to shine from the tend of the tunnel. Vaccines are becoming more and more widely available, a tentative hope for a fully in-person fall semester has been proposed, and the best[…]

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Interview with an International Student (Part 1: How I got here)

The University of Rochester takes immense pride in its title as a global university. When we say that the world is in Rochester, we really mean it. There are over 4,800 international students at the university who come from over 120 different countries. Not only will you be able to experience life in a different[…]

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